© 2020 Desmond Louw & Antonia Heil
dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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Tobias Groenewald’s Trans Am / shot in the Northern Cape, South Africa

{automotive} When my friend Tobie bought his Pontiac Trans Am four years back, we had this shoot in mind in a barren landscape. We finally decided that work has to wait and we needed to do this! We went to a small town called Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape. It was only a 24-hour-trip but we made so many memories and new friends. If you are in the area, go have a roosterkoek at Bagdad Cafe, what a vibe! It is important as a photographer to make time for your own personal projects. It keeps the creativity going! DNA – Desmond

Speedweek 2014, Hakskeenpan, South Africa

{automotive} Last weekend I (Desmond) went to Speedweek while Antonia went to Switzerland (two slightly different places). I loved it! It started off on Friday morning at 3AM where I pointed the nose of my Africa Twin in a northern direction with a couple of other mates. One hour later my bike had an engine failure and retired in a garage on the West-Coast where I waited for a friend (Tyrone Bradley) to pick me up. We eventually arrived at Speedweek the next day at 2AM.

The next morning when I zipped open my tent and I had my first look over this salt pan it blew me away. It took me an hour or two to get to terms with all the V8’s and Porsches around me. A cool thing was that I didn’t go there for an assignment. This meant that I could shoot for ME with my own style. Loved it.

Dust clouds hanging in the air everywhere as the guys drift around.


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The next few pics was taken with the camera on a tri-pod and everytime something interesting came past I released the trigger while sipping on my beer. Yes, that is a flat tyre on this merc. Drifting is fun.

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This is my mate Michael, he built this bike, a Honda CB400F 1975 especially for the weekend and his goal was to reach the 160km/h (100miles/h). he reached 89km/h due to a faulty carburettors.

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I simply love this Porsche, the two guys who drove it where also awesome!

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The beloved Porsche broke down more than five times…
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Oom Fanie was such a character. Every now and then he would join our camp for a beer and tell us some stories. His bakkie (Ford F250) broke down right in front of us. 5 minutes later a fan belt was replaced and off he went.

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If there was a prize to win for the guy with the best suitable lifestyle for Speedweek, this dude would would have won. His name is Deon and he is crazy! He had a flathead V8 tow-truck and was dressed in a old overhaul with black oily hands.

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